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MASA 2009 Fall Conference: Expanding the Circle of Influence. High Performance Green School Buildings Help the environment and redirect utility costs. High Performance (HP) Green Building. Is one that, during its life-cycle:
Is one that, during its life-cycle:
As defined by the Congressional Research Service High Performance Green Buildings Act of 2007
Enhanced Academic Outcomes
Reduce Utility Costs
Building A Learning Lab
14 studies found that temperature control showed productivity improvements from 0.5% - 15%Creating (Thermal) Comfort
Teachers emphasized the importance of having
the ability to control the temperature of their
space as a part of their ability to perform
68° - 74° Fahrenheit
40% - 75% Humidity
The U.S. General Accounting
Office has found that 15,000
schools suffer from poor Indoor
Air Quality, affecting more than 8 million children or 1 out of 5 children in America’s schools.Indoor Air Quality
A Growing Number of Studies Link Educational
Achievement and Student Performance to the
Quality of the Air in Schools.
17 separate studies all found positive health impacts from improved indoor air-quality, ranging from 13.5% to 87% improvement.Indoor Air Quality
IF poor air quality leads to unhealthy students & teachers.
THEN unhealthy students & teachers cannot
perform as well as healthy ones which
EQUALS higher absenteeism.
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer and produce 75% less heat.
T8 Fluorescent Lamps use 40% less energy than T12 lamps and have a cooler and quieter operation. Replacement costs typically recouped within two years.
Commercial LED lighting products use at least 80-90% less energy, lasts 35 times longer than incandescent lighting and produces virtually no heat.
Lighting controls can help save energy and extend the
life of lamps and ballasts
Lighting controls will help reduce energy by:
7-8% of US energy consumption is for moving or treating water.
Energy costs make up 80% of the typical water bill.
High Performance Buildings Magazine, Summer 2008Water Conservation
Achieves direct savings for the building/district
Reduces usage and lowers energy production
causing reductions in GHG and ODP
Reduces embodied energy required
to deliver, transport and treat water
HP green school buildings provide a great backdrop
for environmental curriculum.
Science: Energy Principles / Conservation of Energy / Heat Transfer / Water Cycles / Plant Life / Atmosphere / Weather
Math: Conversion of Units / Volume Calculations / Optimization of Temperatures / Calculations of HVAC Efficiencies / Carbon Footprint Calculations
Economics:Impact of Fuel Costs / Green Building Break Even Points / International Commerce / Net Carbon Market Trading
Social Science: Cultural Attitudes Toward Consumption / Environmental Awareness / Energy and Environmental Impacts on Social Systems
Independent Research Projects
Mission: To bring awareness of the benefits of “green schools”
Aim: Ensure green schools for all children within a generation.
GSAC Helps spread the word about benefits of “green schools” to Boards, Teachers and Parents.
Work at state and federal level to encourage sustainable schools and funding for special initiatives.
Over the life of a building, costs related to operations are more than three times higher than initial construction costs.
Potential % Increase by Level
The potential small increase in construction costs for a green school is paid back multiple times over the life of the building.
The Rebuild Michigan Program
Assists public K-12 schools, colleges, universities, local governments and public housing authorities with improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.
This program offers:
Attractive Financing Information
Eligible public institutions can make improvements with little or no upfront capital
USGBC Green School Advocates:
Detroit Regional Chapter:
Daniel H. Jacobs, NCARB, LEED AP
Western Michigan Chapter:Jack Timmer